Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 11:50:02 -0500

From: Virginia Clark vpclark[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU

Subject: "American Tongues" and "Yeah You Rite!"

I agree with everyone who has heaped praise on "American Tongues";

it is by far the most successful videotape I've used (followed not very

closely by an interview with Deborah Tannen about _You Just Don't

Understand_, which I am apparently, according to Bruce Gelder, using

illegally [I didn't want to know that]).

What have others' experiences been with the videotape "Yeah You

Rite!" which was produced and directed by the same people who did "American

Tongues" and for which Walt Wolfram also wrote an instructional guide? (If

you haven't seen it, it deals with the various dialects in New Orleans.) My

students don't like it, and I'm not sure if that's because we're in Vermont

and most of them haven't been to New Orleans (sometimes I think some of them

don't even know where it is) or because the videotape itself isn't as good

as "American Tongues."

Virginia Clark

University of Vermont